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Queensland May Finally Abolish Gay Panic Defence


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim After years of petitioning, the Queensland government has finally introduced a bill to abolish the antiquated gay panic defence. The state’s attorney-general Yvette D’Ath presented the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016 to parliament on Wednesday. Officially known as the homosexual advancement defence, gay panic is a partial defence of provocation. ...

Sydney Lawyer ‘Struck Off’ for Stealing Client’s Money


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Another NSW lawyer has been struck off for engaging in professional misconduct. This time it was Mr Thai Le Huu Nguyen. The Civil and Administrative Tribunal found him guilty on November 18 this year, for conduct it deemed to be “disgraceful and dishonourable.” It was outlined during the hearing ...

Not Guilty of Fraud After Overdrawing $2 Million


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Luke Brett Moore’s Facebook status simply reads: “NOT GUILTY. (:” Earlier this week, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) overturned the fraud conviction against him and he now hopes to get on with his life. But it was a very different story this time four years ago. Moore ...

Returning to Work after Cancer: An Interview with Professor Bogda Koczwara


In the past, the C word was something people didn’t like to discuss in polite company. However, with increasingly better treatments becoming available, cancer no longer necessarily marks the end of a person’s life. This year, the number of Australians living with cancer or having survived a diagnosis of the condition has exceeded one million ...

Police Taser 12-Year Old Boy in the Back


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Northern Territory police have come under fire for using a taser on a 12-year old boy, and for their use of tasers on children generally. The Incident The NT Ombudsman has requested a briefing from police after they tasered the boy at a petrol station in Palmerston last week. ...

NSW Government Forces ICAC Resignation


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) commissioner, Megan Latham, announced her resignation just days after receiving information that she would lose her current position and forced to reapply under a restructure by the Baird government. Ms Latham had two years remaining of a five year term as the head of ...

Criminal Lawyer Charged with Defrauding Legal Aid


A Canberra lawyer is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court this week, accused of dishonestly obtaining $30,000 from a client’s mother at the same time as he was receiving funds from the Legal Aid Commission for the same case. The prosecution alleges that in 2009, lawyer Stephen Stubbs, 63, represented Canberra man Alexander Duffy ...

South Australia Set to Overturn Discriminatory Laws


South Australia was the first state in the country to decriminalise homosexuality under Labor premier Don Dunstan on September 17, 1975. However, the state has lagged behind the rest of the nation in recent years when it comes to laws that discriminate against a person based on their sexuality or gender identity. The premier’s apology ...

Australian Arrested Over Illegal Surrogacy Ring


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Cambodian officials have appealed for an estimated 70 Australian biological parents to come forward to identify themselves and prove they are the real parents of babies carried by surrogate mothers. This comes in the wake of claims by the Cambodian Government that the Australian Embassy has granted passports to ...

Sydney’s Spying Landlord Faces Time Behind Bars


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A multi-millionaire Sydney landlord who rigged up an elaborate hidden camera network to spy on his tenants is facing time behind bars. Property owner Masaaki Imaeda pleaded guilty to a string of charges including two counts of filming a person’s private parts without consent. He has been referred for ...